Ep 53 – What’s the 411?: The Media and Misinformation in Black America

On this episode, Amber and Erika are joined by Dr. Jared Ball, Professor of Communication and Africana Studies at Morgan State University and expert in media literacy. Dr. Ball, an honorary member of the Broke-ish family, helps us to trace the origins of the media’s power in our society and the ways that powerful elites profit by curating the messages that they want society to believe and buy into. Dr. Ball gives the Brokers a historical overview of how racism within the media shapes the messages about Black people and blackness within America. He also provides us some practical tips about how to be savvy curators of media sources and ways to identify misinformation and propaganda. Tune in to get the scoop!


  1. Tell us a Black woman who could have raised and lost as much money as Shaun King without being in jail.
  2. Tell us what alternative news sources you have curated for yourself. What should we be watching and listening to?


Guest Details:

Jared A. Ball is a father and husband. After that, he is a Professor of Communication and Africana Studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. and is founder/curator of imixwhatilike.org a multimedia hub of emancipatory journalism and revolutionary beat reporting. Ball is also author of The Myth and Propaganda of Black Buying Power (Palgrave, 2020).
– Facebook: @imixwhatilike
– Instagram: @imixwhatilike

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Date:  1928/2004

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